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Date: Friday, 01 Aug 2014 10:07
A special memorial service was held at Heichal Shlomo in Jerusalem in memory of the three murdered yeshiva students, with new president Reuven Rivlin and Racheli Frankel, the mother of Naftali, among the attendants.
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Date: Friday, 01 Aug 2014 10:03
Here's a case of one Islamist who's now facing trial for his anti-semitism in Jerusalem:
Jerusalem prosecutors filed charges against a 15-year-old Arab youth and Haifa resident, for causing a serious injury under severe circumstances and for the obstruction of justice.

The charges indicate that the youth and a friend attacked a Jewish youth in Jerusalem’s Old City. The two beat the Jewish youth, kicked him in his face and head, simply because he was a Jew. Following the attack, the two fled the scene.
I hope the other one is caught too, and put in isolation for his violence.
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Date: Friday, 01 Aug 2014 09:46
At the same time a ridiculous "cease-fire" was declared by sources other than Israel, it's been discovered a soldier may have been kidnapped:
An Israeli soldier is feared captured near Rafah, Israeli media reported, and a cease-fire collapsed in its first hours.

The army spokesman said the soldier there is a suspicion that the soldier was captured during exchanges of fire between Hamas militants and Israeli troops on Friday in the southern Gaza Strip. His family has been informed, the spokesman’s office said.

Multiple Israeli media also reported that Israeli officials have told U.N. officials that Israel considers the cease-fire ruptured.

The suspected abduction occurred when gunmen opened fire on IDF troops in the southern Gaza Strip city. The army is conducting extensive searches and efforts to resolve the situation, army sources told the Ynet news site.

Israel Radio quoted Moussa Abu Marzouk, a Hamas official based in Cairo, as saying that the group was holding a an officer and that he was captured before the cease-fire’s 8 a.m. start.
What cease-fire was there, ever? This kidnapping, if it took place, was indeed an act of war and should get a response accordingly.
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Date: Friday, 01 Aug 2014 08:53
EUROPE'S JEWISH POPULATION HAS AN AVERAGE IQ 15 POINTS ABOVE AVERAGE.

EUROPE'S JEWISH POPULATION HAS CONTRIBUTED ENORMOUSLY IN THE ARTS AND THE SCIENCES AND IN COMMERCE...

AND FOR MORE THAN A CENTURY HAS WANTED NOTHING MORE THAN  TO BE ACCEPTED AS CONTRIBUTING MEMBERS OF EUROPEAN SOCIETY AND CULTURE.

EUROPE'S MUSLIM POPULATION HAS AN AVERAGE IQ 15 POINTS LOWER THAN AVERAGE AND THEY WANT TO TRANSFORM EUROPE INTO A SHARIA COMPLIANT SHIT-HOLE.

SO WHY IS EUROPE ALLOWING THE MUSLIMS TO TAKE OVER AND PUSH THE JEWS OUT?

IT MAKES NO SENSE.

COMBINED WITH THEIR ABANDONMENT OF CHRISTIANITY (MORE EUROPEANS GO TO MOSQUES THAN GO TO CHURCH) AND THEIR FAILURE TO HAVE ENOUGH CHILDREN TO SUSTAIN A NATIVE POPULATION IT MEANS ONE THING:

EUROPE IS DOOMED TO BECOME A ISLAMIST SHIT-HOLE.

UNLESS THEY IMMEDIATELY TAKE EXTRAORDINARY MEASURES TO EXPEL NON-ASSIMILATED PRO-SHARIA IMMIGRANTS AND MAKE ADVOCATING SHARIA BY CITIZENS A CRIME.

I DON'T SEE THIS HAPPENING.

I SHUDDER TO THINK WHAT MUST OCCUR TO MAKE IT HAPPEN.

SIGH.

ERADICATING A VICTORIOUS ISLAMISM FROM EUROPE WILL BE TOUGHER AND BLOODIER THAN ERADICATING HITLER'S NAZIS AND STALIN'S COMMIES.

I  JUST DON'T THINK TODAY'S EUROPEANS HAVE WHAT IT TAKES.

THERE'S NO EVIDENCE THEY DO.

THEY'D RATHER BECOME DHIMMIS AND ALLOW JEWS TO FLEE...

SIGH...
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Date: Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 22:51
Joe Scarborough: Israel's actions 'asinine':
Joe Scarborough on Thursday had harsh words for Israel’s actions in Gaza, saying the country was engaging in “indiscriminate” killing. 
“This is asinine,” said the MSNBC host and former Republican congressman. “This continued killing of women and children in a way that appears to be indiscriminate is asinine.”
NYTIMES:Arab Leaders, Viewing Hamas as Worse Than Israel, Stay Silent
CAIRO — Battling Palestinian militants in Gaza two years ago, Israel found itself pressed from all sides by unfriendly Arab neighbors to end the fighting. 
Not this time. 
After the military ouster of the Islamist government in Cairo last year, Egypt has led a new coalition of Arab states — including Jordan, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates — that has effectively lined up with Israel in its fight against Hamas, the Islamist movement that controls the Gaza Strip. That, in turn, may have contributed to the failure of the antagonists to reach a negotiated cease-fire even after more than three weeks of bloodshed. 
“The Arab states’ loathing and fear of political Islam is so strong that it outweighs their allergy to Benjamin Netanyahu,” the prime minister of Israel, said Aaron David Miller, a scholar at the Wilson Center in Washington and a former Middle East negotiator under several presidents. 
“I have never seen a situation like it, where you have so many Arab states acquiescing in the death and destruction in Gaza and the pummeling of Hamas,” he said. “The silence is deafening.”
THE ARABS STATES IN THE REGION SEE ISLAMISM AS THE THREAT IT TRULY IS.

FOR ATTACKING ISRAEL AND DEFENDING HAMAS, JOE SCARBOROUGH AND HIS ANTISEMITIC BLONDE SIDEKICK, DAUGHTER OF THE ANTISEMITE ZBIG BRZEZINSKI, ARE THE ASSHOLES
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Date: Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 17:26
Jonathan Kay of the National Post's had some questionable positions at times, but here, he seems to get some things right about Israel's current crisis:
“The world stands disgraced” was the banner headline that Britain’s Guardian newspaper put on Thursday’s front page — a quote from a UN official outraged after Israeli shelling killed 15 civilians at a school being used as a shelter in Gaza.

War is hell, and this tragic accident was unusually hellish. So that sort of language is understandable coming from UN officials tasked with keeping Gazans safe. But when those words are selectively lifted for use as a sensational headline in a British newspaper, it raises eyebrows.

Syria’s ongoing civil war has generated more than 170,000 deaths. Islamists are destroying what remains of Christian civilization in Iraq. Russia is igniting the flames of war in eastern Ukraine, with the casualties thus far including 298 dead (80 of them children) in the destruction of Flight MH17 on July 17. And yet the planet’s reputation, we are to understand, somehow survived all this — until it was “disgraced” by Israel’s fighting men and women, who are waging war against a terrorist group that uses human shields. Really?

It should come as no surprise that this sort of coverage is coming from the same British media that promoted the bogus Jenin “massacre” story when Israel fought a similar campaign against Palestinian terrorists in 2002. One can only expect yet more award-winning cartoons from British cartoonists showing leaders of the Jewish state devouring Palestinian babies and the like. Some things don’t change.

But some things do. Unlike in similar conflicts in 2002, 2006, 2008 and 2012, this time around, the Arab world has been extremely muted in its support for Israel’s battlefield enemies.
While this is certainly true with Egypt, let's not think it says Saudi Arabia's changed - they're still bound to remain a Judenrein country for as long as nobody forcefully demands it be changed. They'll also remain a sharia-governed country for the same length of time. But Kay's take does have something to it here, and we can credit him for noting how the British media's propaganda about Jenin was phony. Yes, something has changed, though we shouldn't expect it to remain that way forever. But for now, it's good.
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Date: Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 09:20
STEVE PLAUT:
"Allies ... providing free electricity to the Third Reich so that German civilians would not suffer; FDR refusing to condition the electricity on the Germans stopping their V-2 rocket attacks on London or paying for the power..." 
ABSURD, RIGHT!?

WELL... ISRAEL IS ALWAYS EXPECTED TO DO WHAT NO ONE ELSE HAS EVER BEEN EXPECTED TO DO.

THAT'S ANTISEMITISM.

WE WON WW2 BECAUSE FDR AND TRUMAN WERE EXPECTED TO DO AND DID WHATEVER THEY HAD TO DO IN ORDER TO WIN - WITH "NO HOLDS BARRED".

ISRAEL IS EXPECTED EITHER NOT TO FIGHT BACK, OR FIGHT BACK WITH BOTH HANDS TIED BEHIND ITS BACK.

THAT'S ANTISEMITISM.

I PRAY BIBI HAS THE COURAGE AND WISDOM TO STY THE COURSE UNTIL ALL IDF OBJECTIVES ARE ACHIEVED.
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Date: Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 08:54
BBC:
Argentina has defaulted on its debt - for the second time in 13 years - after last-minute talks in New York with a group of bond-holders ended in failure. So-called "vulture fund" investors were demanding a full pay-out of $1.3bn (£766m) on bonds they hold. Argentina has said it cannot afford to do so, and has accused them of using its debt problems to make a big profit. A US judge had set a deadline of 04:00 GMT on Thursday for a deal. The crisis stems from Argentina's 2001 default.
Late on Wednesday evening, Argentina's Economy Minister Axel Kicillof said the investors had rejected the government's latest offer. 
"Unfortunately, no agreement was reached and the Republic of Argentina will imminently be in default," Daniel Pollack, the court-appointed mediator in the case, said in a statement on Wednesday evening. But Axel Kicillof's lengthy address on Wednesday evening dashed those hopes - Argentina was not going to agree to anything that would compromise the country. At the heart of this is a feeling that Argentina has been treated badly by the international financial system. Mr Kicillof made the point that the vultures always win and the people lose. Just before the announcement was made there was a small rally in Buenos Aires' Plaza de Mayo, people handing out leaflets saying that the country wouldn't negotiate. No doubt those people will be happy with the stand that Argentina has taken, but a default will make life harder. The country is already in recession and inflation is high.
Most people think the issue is too complicated - what they do know is that they want to just get on with their lives, whether the vultures are circling or not. The latest default is expected to exacerbate problems in Argentina's recession-hit economy, analysts say. 
However, the effect will not compare with the consequences of the country's economic meltdown in 2001-02, when savers' accounts were frozen to stop a run on the banks and violent street protests led to dozens of deaths. "The full consequences of default are not predictable, but they certainly are not positive," Mr Pollack said.
STAY TUNED: THIS AND THE END OF QUANTITATIVE EASING MIGHT TRIGGER A STAMPEDE TO THE EXITS AND A CRASH...
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Date: Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 01:12
AS OBAMA EFFECTIVELY AIDS HAMAS, HARPER DEFENDS ISRAEL AND THE WEST:
In perhaps his most strongly worded statement to date, Prime Minister Harper proclaimed that self defense is “not merely an Israeli right” to be exercised only in the abstract, but an “Israeli obligation” that must be defended by all Western nations.  
“Failure by the international community to condemn these reprehensible actions will encourage these terrorists to continue their appalling actions,’’ Harper said in a rare Sunday statement. “Canada calls on its allies and partners to recognize that these terrorist acts [by Hamas] are unacceptable and that solidarity with Israel is the best way of stopping the conflict.”Forget about the U.S.-Israel relationship being the bulwark of Israeli security, say some. Israel’s best friend and staunchest defender is no longer found in Washington, but rather in Ottawa. 
Ending the war does not require Israeli “restraint,” implies Harper. It demands the world declare that sole responsibility for the terror of violence belongs with the terrorists. It is Hamas, claims Harper, that is entirely responsible for the current Israel-Hamas war. “It is evident,” Harper asserts, “that Hamas is deliberately using human shields to further terror in the region,’’ and he takes several swipes at the United Nations and the “international community” for calling for Israeli restraint in the face of escalating rocket fire aimed at murdering and maiming Israeli civilians. 
“Canada mourns the death and suffering of innocent civilians in Gaza. Responsibility rests solely with Hamas and its allies, who launched and continue to feed this crisis,’’ he said.
OBAMA MIGHT NOT NE A CRYPTO-MUSLIM...

OR A POSTMODERN COMMUNIST WHO WANTS AMERICA TO BECOME JUST ANOTHER NATION AND FOR RUSSIA AND IRAN AND CHINA AND THE ISLAMIST TO WIN -

BUT HE MIGHT AS WELL BE!

THANK G-D THERE ARE STILL SOME LEADERS AROUND LIKE HARPER - PEOPLE WITH MORALS AND COURAGE.
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Date: Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 11:26
GIANNI VATTIMO IS A FREAKIN' DOUBLE-TRIFECTA OF LEFTIST BULLSHIT:
  1. FAMOUS, 
  2. ITALIAN, 
  3. GAY, 
  4. COMMIE,
  5. INTELLECTUAL 
  6. POLITICIAN... 
... AND HE WISHES HAMAS HAD MORE MISSILES TO KILL JEWS.

HOW MORAL! (SARC/OFF).

FROM THE WIKI ON VATTIMO:
Vattimo stated that he has “re-evaluated” The Protocols of the Elders of Zion and now felt they largely reflect the truth about the Jews.[7] 
He stated that he believed the creation of "the state of Israel was the beginning of ruin". He also had concerns about Jewish control of banks saying "Let's remember that the Federal Reserve is owned by Rothschild and Rockefeller", though the Rockefeller family is not Jewish. Renzo Gattegna, the president of the Union of Italian Jewish Communities accused him of antisemitism, writing "words of hatred that don't add anything new and are accompanied by the squalid reproposal of anti-Semitic stereotypes".[8][9] Rabbi Barbara Aiello, Italy's first female rabbi accused Vattimo of antisemitism. Reacting to his statements and to others like it, the foreign ministers for Italy, France and Germany said that they condemn anti-Semitic slurs as well as violence that has occurred at pro-Palestinian demonstrations in Europe.[10]
NICE THOUGHTS FROM AN "LEFTIST INTELLECTUAL".

UPDATE: OH: TODAY, HE REGRETS HE SAID IT

YEAH SURE. HE REALLY ONLY REGRETS HE SAID IT OUT LOUD!

VATTIMO IS A PERFECT ICON OF THE ANTISEMITIC LEFT:

INSANELY IMMORAL AND HYPER-HYPOCRITICAL:
  • HE IS A GAY MAN ATTACKING THE COUNTRY THAT RESPECTS GAY RIGHTS AND DEFENDING AN IDEOLOGY THAT EXECUTES PEOPLE FOR BEING GAY.
  • HE IS AN INTELLECTUAL MAN ATTACKING  COUNTRY WITH "WORLD CLASS" UNIVERSITIES AND COLLEGES THAT LEAD THE WORLD IN THE ARTS, THE SCIENCES, ENGINEERING, AND PHILOSOPHY A COUNTRY THAT HAS MORE NOBEL PRIZES PER CAPITA THAN ANY OTHER AND DEFENDS AN IDEOLOGY WHICH BELIEVES ALL KNOWLEDGE IS IN THE KORAN AND HAS ROUTINELY THROUGHOUT HISTORY BURNED BOOKS AND DESTROYED WORLD HERITAGE SITES.
  • HE IS A EUROPEAN ATTACKING A NATION FOUNDED AFTER EUROPEAN COMMITTED LIKE T GENOCIDE AGAINST JEWS DEFENDING AN IDEOLOGY WHICH WOULD LIKE TO DO IT AGAIN.
  • HE IS A COMMUNIST WHO ATTACKS ISRAEL - STILL A SOCIALISTIC STATE, AND DEFENDS THE THUGOCRACY OF GAZA.
VATTIMO HAS COMRADES IN ALL THE MAJOR UNIVERSITIES IN THE USA AND ON THE LEFT ALL OVER THE WORLD.

WHAT HE NOW REGRETS SAYING OUT LOUD IS THE KIND OF IMMORAL EVIL HYPOCRITICAL BULLSHIT THEY SAY TO EACH OTHER ALL THE TIME.
  • IT IS WHAT OBAMA'S LONG-TIME FRIENDS AND MENTORS BELIEVE.
  • IT IS WHAT OBAMA WAS RAISED ON, AND WHAT OBAMA REALLY BELIEVES.
  • IT IS WHY THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION IS FUNDAMENTALLY ANTI-ISRAEL.
SADLY, THE LEFT IS THE HOME AWAY FROM FROM HOME FOR ANTISEMITISM.

IF YOU WANT ISRAEL TO SURVIVE, THEN VOTING FOR ANYONE ON DEMOCRAT PARTY - NOW FIRMLY UNDER CONTROL OF THE LEFT - LINE IS INSANE.
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Date: Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 08:41
HAARETZ:
Israelis applying for visas at the United States Embassy have not received them since July 11. The American embassy has stopped issuing ordinary visas and cut back on ongoing services to American citizens due to staff reductions because of the security situation. The embassy issued a statement to the effect that it is issuing visas only in urgent cases and after in-depth inquiry of each application. The embassy’s website provides an email address for urgent applications
STAFF REDUCTIONS!?!? YEAH SURE.

THIS IS JUST LIKE THE FAA SHUTDOWN OF ISRELI AIRSPACE; A NAKED ATTACK ON ISRAEL IN SUPPORT OF ISLAMO-TERRORISTS OF HAMAS.

WHICH IS EVIL.

OBAMA IS EVIL.
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Date: Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 17:59
Chloe Valdary, a black pro-Israel activist made an impressive statement about pro-Hamas activists (Hat tip: Jihad Watch). She also notes that Rosa Parks was a Zionist.
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Date: Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 14:49
The Los Angeles Times told how the Coloradoan Conley became obsessed with aiding the cause of jihadism:
To those who knew her, Shannon Maureen Conley was a bright teenager lost in middle-class suburbia who went searching for love and purpose.

She thought she found it half a world away with a Tunisian man 13 years her senior who promised marriage and holy war. The plan went only as far as Denver International Airport, where Conley was arrested in April as she tried to board a plane to support Islamic fighters in Syria.

Conley told the FBI she was determined to be "defending Muslims on the Muslim homeland against people who are trying to kill them." If that was illegal, she added, she "would rather be in prison than do nothing."

The 19-year-old Colorado woman is now under federal indictment, charged with conspiracy to aid Islamic State, the extremist military force with ties to Al Qaeda that has been on the march across Iraq and Syria.

Her transformation from a smiling girl, often clad in shorts or jeans and a floppy hat, who chatted with friends, to a solemn, dreamy young woman wearing the long dresses and flowing head scarves of traditional Islam, is one that neighbors and school administrators said came relatively suddenly.

She had been "among the brightest kids" at Arvada West High School, said principal Rob Bishop, adding that she was the daughter of a professor at a Catholic university, was enrolled in honors courses and presented no discipline problems.

Sometime during her junior year, Bishop said, Conley had begun to wear traditional Muslim dress. Several girls complained that she was kneeling on the bathroom floor three times a day for her prayers.

"I talked to her about accommodating her to get her out of the bathroom and move her into an office in our school's front offices," Bishop said. Conley told him she was converting to Islam and seemed grateful for his support.

Neighbors, too, noticed the change in her appearance, and said she often seemed lonely and reflective. Many neighbors were not closely acquainted with Conley or her parents. Her mother, Ana Marie Conley, is an associate professor of economics at Regis College, while her father, John Conley, works in the computer field and teaches martial arts out of his garage on weekends, according to neighbors.

Robert Taylor, who lives nearby, said he would sometimes see Conley sitting alone in a neighborhood park, drifting silently on the playground swing.

"She just seemed kind of lost," he said.
She was. I'd figure she lost faith in societies with better beliefs, and grew detesting of civilized values, seeing Islam as a way to separate herself from the rest and live a form of quasi-isolation. She'll have to serve time now, and before she's released, I'm sure some want to know if she'll see a psychologist who can turn her around.
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Date: Monday, 28 Jul 2014 22:57
Breitbart’s war correspondent in Israel, Tera Dahl, disagrees with the Obama administration and the mainstream media’s view that the current battle between Israel and Hamas is a fight between two equal states. 
“There is a big difference,” she asserts. “Israel is fighting for the protection of its people and its country.” According to Dahl, who is embedded with the Israeli Defense Force (IDF), “Hamas is not fighting for the protection of the Palestinian people; they are fighting for the destruction of Israel and for the advance of the global caliphate.” 
... Dahl explained that “There is no difference between Hamas and Hezbollah, and the Muslim Brotherhood and Al Qaeda, and the Boko Haram; all are dedicated to the creation of a global Islamic Caliphate.”

RTWT.
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Date: Monday, 28 Jul 2014 22:31
AP:
In an escalation of tensions, the Obama administration accused Russia on Monday of conducting tests in violation of a 1987 nuclear missile treaty, calling the breach "a very serious matter" and going public with allegations that have simmered for some time. The treaty confrontation comes at a highly strained time between President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin over Russia's intervention in Ukraine and Russia's grant of asylum to National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden. 
An administration official said President Barack Obama notified Russian President Vladimir Putin of the U.S. determination in a letter Monday.
A STERNLY WRITTEN LETTER NO DOUBT.

ONE THAT WILL HAVE AS MUCH EFFECT AS OBAMA'S RED-LINE IN SYRIA.

I BELIEVE OBAMA IS NOT JUST APPEASING PUTIN - NOR JUST BEING "MORE FLEXIBLE"; THE WAY THINGS HAVE BEEN GOING, OBAMA MIGHT AS WELL BE WORKING FOR PUTIN.

YES: ALL THIS IS ACCORDING TO PLAN:

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Date: Sunday, 27 Jul 2014 18:13
Tablet magazine can be a very mixed bag, with some articles fine and others dreadful, but here's an article they published about Satmar's founder that tells quite a bit about the true personality of a man who launched a Haredi sect that's been more trouble for Israel and many others than they're worth. Here's an example:
As I argue in greater detail in the following, Rabbi Yoel’s life, activities, and decisions during the Holocaust and his pressing need to explain and justify them thereafter offer a possible explanation for the extremism of his later views. Any fair examination of the historical record shows that Rabbi Yoel’s contribution to assisting Jewish refugees and to the rescue of Transylvanian Haredi Jews was negligible. Prior to the Holocaust, he ignored the dangers threatening the Jews of Transylvania and failed to engage in the preparation of rescue and aid plans. Although he became privy to reports on the extermination of the Jewish communities in Poland, given his position as a member of the Central Bureau and through his connections with the authorities, he refrained from calling on his followers to save or prepare themselves. On the contrary, he warned any would-be immigrants to Palestine or other countries that they were in danger of severely harming their Haredi way of life. Moreover, he refrained from cooperating with the Zionist—and even with the Haredi—leadership in addressing current issues or preparing for the impending threat and even opposed measures of a religious nature, such as prayer and fast days, which he feared would be perceived as a protest against the authorities.

When the danger of war became real and immediate, Rabbi Yoel did his best to equip himself and his closest circle with certificates or visas that would facilitate their escape to Palestine or the United States. At the same time, he thwarted all attempts at cooperation between the heads of the Orthodox communities and the Zionist organizations, which could have helped to rescue them. He failed to set a personal example and rejected his associates’ advice to prepare a hiding place or attempt to cross the border to Romania. Had he done so, some of his Hasidim may have done the same and thus survived.

When put to the test, he chose to save himself clandestinely after his own congregation had already been incarcerated in ghettos and to abandon his followers in the time of their harshest adversity. His conduct stands in stark contrast to that of other rabbis in his vicinity, many of whom rejected pleas to save themselves and accompanied their congregations to the transport trains, the extermination camps, and in some cases even into the gas chambers.

[...] In spite of the numerous reports of anti-Semitic occurrences in Germany and Poland, the Central Bureau, of which Rabbi Yoel was a prominent leader, took no actions to prepare for the imminent threat to Romanian Jewry. Moreover, the Bureau did nothing to try to revoke the requirement to prove Romanian citizenship, nor did it offer aid and relief to the Polish refugees. The same passive policy was adopted by several other organizations, such as the Jewish Party and the Union of Romanian Jews (Uniunea Evreilor Români). Other organizations, by contrast, undertook initiatives such as the formation of Jewish Self-Defense Brigades and a relief network for refugees, established by the Bureau of the Neolog Communities. (The Reform Movement in Hungary was called Neology.) Despite the prohibition and the risk involved, the Zionist youth movements maintained their activities, prepared for underground action, and at the same time trained pioneers for emigration to Palestine.

When the Goga government came to power in the late 1937, Rabbi Yoel decided to travel to Czechoslovakia. Fearing he may try to escape, leaders of his own community begged him not to abandon them at a time of crisis. In response, he argued that a tzadik could only perform his work in safety and, ignoring their pleas, departed as scheduled. A few weeks later, when the king dissolved the government, Rabbi Yoel returned to Satmar, and in his next sermon he justified having left his community. Although aware of the gravity of the situation, in his speech he offered no practical solutions and merely called upon his followers to put their trust in divine deliverance.

Through his involvement in rescue efforts and his connections with the Jewish leadership in Budapest, Rabbi Yoel was well aware of the danger to European Jewry in general and to the Hungarian Jews in particular. Nevertheless, he held that any initiative to revoke the anti-Jewish measures or protest against them was doomed to fail and could even exacerbate the situation. Thus, for instance, although aware of the violent activities initiated by the Romanian student organizations, some of which he experienced firsthand, he objected to the formation of the Jewish defense brigades.
And that's just the beginning. There's more telling how he did not prove himself a leader or offer any inspiration for his followers. In the followup article that tells more, it says:
During his stay in the Cluj ghetto, Rabbi Yoel Teitelbaum hid rather than position himself as a leader. On the rescue train, he avoided the other passengers, failed to encourage or to comfort them, and did not share the precious commodities provided by his followers with them. In Bergen-Belsen, too, despite the preferential treatment accorded him in the camp, he refrained from assuming a leadership role, even among the observant inmates. After his release, Rabbi Yoel elected to run a rescue campaign from the safety of Switzerland. His efforts to rescue Jewish children raised by gentiles were restricted to fundraising, and even in that task he failed abysmally. Once again, his conduct stands in stark contrast to that of other rabbis, who returned to their hometowns to lead their surviving flocks or worked relentlessly in the DP camps. All the sources describing the rescue activities of the Haredi community during the Holocaust, including archival sources, indicate that compared to other rabbis who survived the Holocaust, Rabbi Yoel’s contribution was negligible in both scope and significance.

After the Holocaust, Rabbi Yoel also turned his back on all those who had helped to rescue him. After settling in Palestine in 1946, he refrained from expressing any gratitude to the people and institutions that had been instrumental in his rescue and had endeavored to obtain certificates for him, among them Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Herzog, Agudath Israel leaders Rabbi Yitzhak Meir Levin and Rabbi Moshe Porush, and Ha-Mizrahi’s Rabbi Joseph Yitzhak Rotenberg. He scathingly attacked the institutions they headed and, unlike other Hasidic rebbes they helped rescue, refused to make even the slightest symbolic gesture of gratitude. Moreover, it seems he repudiated his benefactors on a personal level, too. As far as we know, Rabbi Yoel never sent any letters of gratitude or appreciation to any of the people or institutions involved in his rescue.
A selfish, spiteful and ungrateful man till the bitter end, it sounds like. He also called Zionists descendants of Amalekites, declared the Holocaust God's punishment for Zionism, which is another way of saying it was a crime to want to live in Israel proper.

And most mysterious is how, despite all these damning revelations, he succeeded in forming a community with a backwards, Orwellian groupthink mentality that even listened to his atrocious ideas of how they should handle say, their hair, shouldn't work for a living and self-support, discriminate against women in ways not all that different from how fascists did, and not think for themselves. Teitelbaum's son continues his wicked ways today, and leads many people into states of misery that'll take ages to repair. Today, it's high time the Satmar were confronted about all this, and told clearly why it's vital to think for yourself and earn a living to aid yourself too.
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Date: Sunday, 27 Jul 2014 17:24

In this short interview (via Fox News), she boosts respect for her by making clear Hamas is the one that started the current war with them, and also pans BBC for their own anti-Israel biases. I really appreciate the service she's doing for Israel's sake.
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Date: Sunday, 27 Jul 2014 17:20
Christian Today brings up the story of a woman who lost her way:
At university, Sarah Ager was known for her Christian faith. Her parents are Salvation Army ministers. She grew up going to church and being in the church choir. Belief in God and being a Christian were a fundamental part of her identity, until she converted to Islam when she was studying English in Leicester.

She wasn't peeved with the Church, didn't know much about Islam, and she didn't convert in order to marry a Muslim.

So what led her on this journey? She decided to look into Islam when she met some Turkish Muslims at university. "The main reason I started studying [Islam] was because I was embarrassed," she says.

"I knew nothing about Turkey or Islam, I didn't know what they believed; I was intimidated. I thought 'I have to at least Google this religion'."

But Sarah didn't stop at a quick Google search, she decided to take a course on Muslim women in literature as part of her degree. "There were two Muslim women wearing Hijabs on the course and I remember being intimidated and sitting at the other end of the room. I thought they must be really Muslim.

"But when they were speaking during the class, they had such a beautiful way of expressing their faith. I became more interested in finding out how they perceived God."

It's one thing to appreciate another religion, but what made her convert?

"Just one day I looked back and thought I wasn't a Christian anymore," she says.

"I can't remember the moment when I stopped believing that Jesus was the son of God, but I remember how I felt – I wasn't sure what I was or what I believed anymore. I had been so sure before."
I guess she was agnostic well before her conversion. Like various other converts, she remains ambiguous about what she thinks is wonderful about the Religion of Rape, offering no verses or passages to back up her argument. She also says:
"In the Qur'an there are often passages that say that you shouldn't judge something because you don't know if there is a part of that thing that God really loves."
But she won't back herself up? Again, I can't see what she's driving at. There's more ambiguity:
"When I put on a hijab, I'm reminded of how I want to present myself in the world," she says. [...]

"I think often people willingly ignore the peaceful message of the Quran and use it for their own advantage, it makes me incredibly sad. In the Qur'an it says you shouldn't force someone into religion – but then there are laws in Saudi Arabia which do.
She has effectively performed taqqiya. Koranic verse 8:39, for example, contradicts her defense. As for how she wants to be seen with a hijab, I've got a sad feeling that's because the Catholic wimple influenced it. That could partly explain why she failed to comprehend anything. Honestly, I believe such an outfit as the Catholic wimple outfit was a bad idea, if only because it was like a precursor to the hijab, and a form of wear that can deny the woman wearing it sunlight and vitamin D.

As noted, she was dishonest about the "messages" she speaks of in the Koran, which suggests there's more to this than meets the eye.
Author: "Avi Green (noreply@blogger.com)"
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Date: Saturday, 26 Jul 2014 18:30
Shalom Cohen, the new spiritual leader for Shas whom I hesitate to call a rabbi, lets his disdain for the army be known:
“Do you think that the people of Israel need an army?” Rabbi Shalom Cohen asked during a sermon. “It is God almighty who fights for Israel.”

The foremost religious arbiter in the Shas movement raised eyebrows on Wednesday when, during a special prayer held at Jerusalem’s Western Wall for IDF soldiers, he remarked that “Israel doesn’t need an army.”

The comments by Cohen, the man who succeeded the late Rabbi Ovadia Yosef as spiritual leader of Shas, drew rebukes from secular Israelis, as IDF soldiers continue to operate in the Gaza Strip on the 17th day of Operation Protective Edge.

When stunned worshipers asked the rabbi to offer a blessing for IDF troops, he replied, “Do you think you are fighting? I am fighting for you. We screamed out to God: ‘Save us without inflicting anymore sorrow on the people of Israel.’” The head of Hiddush, a religious freedom lobbying group, lambasted the rabbi for the comments.

“If the country doesn’t need an army, then there’s no doubt that the yeshivot and Torah students don’t need budgets from the Treasury,” Uri Regev, the director- general of Hiddush, said. “From now on, they can put their faith in the Lord when it comes to asking for money to fund their education systems. We will help the ultra-Orthodox in saying earnest prayers for money to start growing on trees.”

“At the end of the day, most of us believe that we do need an army, but we are quite uncertain as to whether we need Shas,” Regev said.
Of course we don't need those phonies, but sadly, there's a segment of the public that thinks we do, that being the knee-jerk Haredis who'll vote for them, if anyone. Cohen has let many better people down by refusing to bless the soldiers fighting for his safety and wish them a safe return. He's a rabbi in name only.
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Date: Saturday, 26 Jul 2014 00:57
Paul Mirengoff at Powerline seems surprised that Obama is refusing military aid to the Kurds:
It seems criminal for Obama to deny this assistance in the name of defending the interests of a central government that Obama has condemned for its dealings with the Kurds (among others).
ISIS is looking to establish a caliphate, and making good progress toward that end. Meanwhile, Obama dithers, using the Iraq government’s poor treatment of the Kurds as an excuse for not doing more to help it fight ISIS, and the Kurd’s natural animosity to the government as an excuse for not helping them.
It’s almost as if Obama is indifferent to the progress of ISIS and willing to embrace any excuse for standing idly by in the face of that progress.
Obama isn't looking for any excuses. He is not dithering.  He wants ISIS to win.

"By their fruit you will recognize them."  Don't listen to what he says, rather watch what he does, if you want to know what he is all about.


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